ESL Brainstorming Game - Reading and Spelling - Any Level - 20 minutes
This ESL game is ideal for brainstorming new vocabulary or revising categories of words. Draw two to four columns on the board and divide the students into a corresponding number of teams. Have each team line up in front of a column and give each team a marker or chalk for writing. Set a time limit (e.g. five minutes) and then call out a category for the students to brainstorm. The teams' task is to write all the words they can think of belonging to that category in the column. The first student in each team runs to the board, writes a word from the category in the column, runs back, gives the marker or chalk to the next student and goes to the back of the line. Then, the second student runs to the board and so on. When the time limit has been reached, stop the game and check the words and spelling for each team. For each correctly spelt word belonging to the category, teams score one point. Several rounds can be played with a different category being called out each time. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.